Frequently asked questions
What is the club’s vision for this project?
Together with our partners, the Town of Victoria Park, Perth Football Club, the AFL, State Government and Federal Government, the club is creating a new training, administration and community facility at Lathlain Park in inner-Perth. The facilities form part of the complete redevelopment and revitalisation of the Lathlain Precinct.
The facilities will ‘bring home’ the Wirrpanda Foundation and support the development of other valued community partnerships.
It will facilitate the development and delivery of an expanded suite of community programs both through the Eagles in the Community programs and in partnership with the Town of Victoria Park. This will also create new opportunities for interaction that will benefit the club, its supporters and the community.
The project delivers a wide range of community accessible facilities within the Lathlain Precinct, including a new training and match day oval for the Perth Demons, whose home has been at Lathlain since 1959.
From a football perspective, the state of the art training, recovery and medical facilities will provide our players, coaches and staff with a world class environment that will enable the club to remain a strong, competitive force within the AFL competition over the long term.
Why does the club need a new training, administration and community facility?
The club’s current facilities at Domain Stadium are outdated and unable to meet the current and future needs of the organisation and our supporters.
The club recognises that it is essential to provide its players, coaches and administrative staff with the best possible facilities and resources to ensure that they can achieve sustained success both on and off the field. This objective can only be reached with the development of a new best practice training and administration facility.
Existing facilities also limit our ability to expand community programs and provide a welcoming and accessible club environment.
What process has the club followed in planning and developing the project?
A thorough and robust project development process was undertaken by club’s management team and the board, which resulted in the identification of Lathlain Park as the preferred location for our future home.
A 50-year lease agreement (with a further 49-year option) securing the club’s tenure at Lathlain was signed with the Town of Victoria Park in August 2014.
State Government and Federal Government have committed to investing $10 million each in the project, reflecting its high value to community. The Town of Victoria Park is also investing in upgrades to numerous public zones in the Lathlain Precinct.
A high level of community consultation has taken place within the Town of Victoria Park throughout the planning and development phases, and there is extremely strong support for the project and its outcomes. The club has enjoyed a close working partnership with the council on all aspects of the project.
Forward works on the two new ovals that form the centrepiece of the project commenced in July 2016 and a development application relating to the built structures will be available for public viewing from 25 November.
Once development application approval is obtained, it is expected that the project will be completed by the end of 2018.
What will happen to the club’s current facilities at Domain Stadium?
The club will continue to have its training, administration and retail outlet at Domain Stadium until development of the new facility is completed at Lathlain Park.
Will the club continue to play at Domain Stadium?
The club will continue to play its AFL home games at Domain Stadium until the new Perth Stadium opens in 2018.
What will happen to Domain Stadium after the club leaves?
The future of Domain Stadium is still not known and any decision is still some time away. Ultimately, it is up to the WAFC and the State Government to determine the venue’s fate.
Will members be able to watch training at the new facility?
Yes. Open training sessions as advertised by the club will remain accessible to members.
How can members get to the new facility when it is completed?
The best way depends on where you are travelling from. The site is approximately 7km from the Perth CBD and 3kms from the site of the new Perth Stadium.
It is easily accessed from major arterial roads including the Graham Farmer Freeway and the Great Eastern Highway. It is also accessible by public transport, with the Victoria Park train station only 500m from Lathlain Park.
What does the project include?
The facilities will include:
- Two ovals (one MCG size and one the same size as the new Perth Stadium), both with lights
- A synthetic running track around the perimeter of one of the ovals
- Best-practice gymnasium, aquatic recovery, medical, coaching and player development areas
- An indoor lap pool
- A large indoor training field/area
- Player lounge and study areas
- Administration headquarters designed to maximise integration across the business
- Flexible education spaces including dedicated facilities for the Wirrpanda Foundation and the club’s community programs
- Community hub including café, merchandise store and interactive sports and cultural area
- Rejuvenation of the entire Lathlain Park precinct, including BBQ areas, community running/walking tracks, playgrounds and landscaping
- New and improved club rooms, including function facility for the Perth Football Club
When will the new facilities be completed?
Oval 1 (Perth Stadium dimensions) is expected to be completed toward the end of November 2016.
Oval 2 (MCG dimensions) is expected to be completed toward the middle of December 2016.
Construction of the West Coast Eagles administration, training and community facilities is expected to commence mid-2017 and to be completed at end 2018.
Does the establishment of the facility at Lathlain Park mean the club would consider changing its name?
No. The club will always be known as the West Coast Eagles.
Where will the development rank against other elite sporting facilities?
The new facility will provide the club with a world-class training and administration facility. The facility will allow the club to provide its players with the best possible training environment as well as providing the community with a great and valuable asset to utilise. It is envisaged that the facility will be the best available within the AFL, and amongst the best in the world for any professional sports team.
Does the development at Lathlain Park allow for future expansion?
Yes. The building has factored in growth for the club over the next 10 to 15 years. The site also provides future-proofing for further growth by the club over the next 99 years.
What facilities within the development will be available to the community?
The two ovals will be available for other users, including the Perth Football Club, local clubs, schools and the general public. In addition, the flexible education space and community lecture theatre areas will be used for the delivery of community programs.
When completed, the development will also include an interactive sports and cultural area, café and sports medicine clinic, which will all be open to the general public.
Who will manage the facility?
The club will manage and operate the new training, administration and community facility once it is completed.
Where is Lathlain Park?
Lathlain Park is located approximately 5km from Perth CBD in the town of Victoria Park. It is currently the home of the Perth Football Club.
What will happen to the Perth Football Club?
The Perth Football Club will continue to use Lathlain Park as its training and administration base. It will also continue to play its home games at the venue.
Will Perth Football Club and the West Coast Eagles share the new facility?
The Perth Football Club and the West Coast Eagles will each have separate facilities. This is to ensure that the Perth Football Club can remain in its current location and retain its own identity.
What will happen to the club’s alignment with East Perth?
Nothing will change. The club will still continue its alignment with East Perth Football Club.